Four PhD positions: Integrated analysis of sustainable development goals at Utrecht University, The Netherlands
In 2015, the world agreed upon 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to eradicate poverty, improve well-being and maintain the stability of the Earth’s biophysical life support systems. Achieving these goals will require a fundamental transformation of today’s society. At the moment, however, it is not easy to visualize this transformation. The PICASSO project – funded by the EU European Research Council – will use the IMAGE integrated assessment model to develop and explore scenarios for meeting the full set of SDGs. These scenarios will explore different routes to achieve the SDGs and possible synergies and trade-offs.
For the research team that will perform the ambitious PICASSO project, the Faculty of Geosciences at Utrecht University is searching for four PhDs Researchers. While the team will focus on the full set of SDGs, each PhD will be working on a cluster of different topics relevant in the context of meeting the set of SDGs which would be either: 1) sustainable agriculture development and protection of biodiversity, 2) human health in relation to sustainable development, 3) economic stability and investment needs, 4) sustainable consumption patterns and resource use. The team will collaborate with the IMAGE integrated assessment modeling team at PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency and Utrecht University. IMAGE is one of the world’s leading models in exploring climate policy and sustainable development strategies. The model describes the interaction between the human and earth system, including land and energy use and the possible environmental impacts.